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Re: “Downtown Raleigh Restaurant Week

We started the evening out by sharing an appetizer sampler at the Oxford, where the service was very friendly& attentive, but the 2 tiny crab cakes were soggy & didn't have much crab. They had shrunk the portions in the appetizer sampler so much that I felt we would have gotten more to eat if we had spent the same amount on 2 regular priced appetizers. Then we went to Binda Manda where the food was awesome, & the service & decor were great. I couldn't help but notice that some of the items offered in the $30 3-course prix fixe menu would have been cheaper if ordered from the regular menu. We tried to pick items that seemed the best value but we were served vegetarian summer rolls intead of the shrimp ones described on the promo menu, & the portion of the salmon entree seemed a little "scaled back." If we ordered the same items off the reg menu in a different week, they would have cost $28 or $29 instead of $30, & the portions would have probably been larger. Bottom line was we had a nice evening out and ate some great food, but Restaurant Week didn't provide any added value or promotional pricing.

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Posted by phoenix2014 on 08/24/2013 at 2:03 AM

Re: “Triangle Rhysing: Music for Massed Guitars

More info about this event, including a full list of participating musicians (from the Facebook event… ):

"...On SATURDAY AUGUST 24th, the third-ever performance of TRIANGLE RHYSING: MUSIC FOR MASSED GUITARS arrives at MOTORCO with over 50+ electric guitarists, for a triumphant evening of thunderous, shimmering music for multiple amplified guitar mobs, cello, percussion, voice and chance. BRYCE CLAYTON EIMAN opens.


Ticket proceeds for TR III will be donated to 919 NOISE, for its ongoing mission of fostering new music in the Triangle.

Music starts 8:30 pm, with NC soundscape artist and 919 Noise founder BRYCE CLAYTON EYMAN.

Venue: MOTORCO, 23 Rigsbee Ave, Durham NC USA 27701

An original suite for multiple groups of electric guitars, TRIANGLE RHYSING was created as a way for local musicians to collaborate on a massive scale. First performed in 2011 with twenty-two musicians, the 2012 reprise of TR included an ensemble of nearly three dozen. For this third outing, TR will feature more than 50 guitarists + drums + cello and, for the first time, vocals -- nearly 60 musicians in all. TR is composed and conducted by Andras Fekete and Matthew Guess.

"...When Rhys Chatham, Glenn Branca or any other composer gathers several guitaristsófrom three to 1,000óin one space, the generally accepted term is "massed guitar symphony." But that phrase puts the guitarists in an unnecessary and incorrect box of polity and high society; indeed, though Chatham and Branca make precisely composed and arranged music, the same impulse that drives a teenager to buy a cheap six-string and plug into a cheap Peavey amplifier isn't so far removed from the impulse behind letting dozens of guitarists do the same. It's catharsis by volume, victory by overtone, glory by sound. To wit, the idea first occurred to Chatham after he saw The Ramones play in New York in the late '70s. Triangle Rhysing explores this idea... Get ready to feel the sound." óGrayson Currin, THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY

"...a fugue for chainsaws, magnetic interference and electrocuted elephants, [Eiman] locates a surprising diversity of hue... Chaotic bass waves and richly textured distortion build until they scream like rending sheet metal, actual chords dropping out like sprung rivets... On the whole, it evokes one of Richard Serra's massive metal sculptures ó not the calm, elegant final shapes, but the brutally physical process that creates them." óBrian Howe, THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY…

Participating musicians:
Aaron Smithers (Hem Of His Garment, In The Year Of The Pig)
Alec Ferrell (Hog, Steve Shiffman & the Land of No, The Big Picture)…
Alex Maiolo (Fan Modine, Violet Vector & The Lovely Lovelies, Tara Busch, Tim Sommer, Soft Company)
Allen Palmer (Goodbye Titan)…
Andy Shull (Fontana, Dom Casual)
Anne Gomez (Blue-Green Gods, HMS Cervix, Cantwell Gomez & Jordan, Gates of Beauty, Scene of the Crime Rovers, Triangle Soundpainting Orchestra)…
Arlene Sparacia (Neurovine, , HR-lexy)
Betsy Shane (Pink Flag, LAM! LAM!)…
Brad Newell (Butter, Workbook, Jafar, 8 Eyes)
Brian John Mitchell (Remora)
Brian Shaw (The Mark Tobeys, Felix the Drum Machine)
Bruce Stevens (Bruce Stevens, The Billion)
Chris Williams (Maple Stave, Natural Gallerie, Heather Loves Silkworm!)…
Crowmeat Bob Pence (Savage Knights, The New Romans)
Daniel Kelo (Nodsense, Kelo)
Dave Yarwood (Antibubbles, No Love)
Deborah Aronin (Boat Burning)
Desmond Mullen (Gentle Robot)
E. Matthew Cash (The White Cascade)…
Fikri Yucel (Veronique Diabolique)
Greg Elkins (Vanilla Trainwreck, Starmount, Orifice, Pershing Hill Sound)
Guy Taylor (Engage)
Holden Richards (Holden Richards)
Jamie McLendon (El Mirage, Dom Casual, Thee Dirtybeats)
Jess Edison (Once & Future Kings)…
Jim Dennis (The Music Loft)
Jimmy Thompson (North Elementary, Debonzo Brothers)…
Joe Mazzitelli (I Was Totally Destroying It, Minor Stars)…
John Harrison (North Elementary)…
Jon Dawson (Third Of Never)
Josh Zaslow (Bir Strobino & Zaslow, Tar Heel Sound Fest)
Kaitlin Grady (Once and Future Kings, NC Music Love Army)…
Ken Bowers (Vanilla Trainwreck, Spindale, Alias Smith & Jones, The New Awful)
Kirk Ross (LUD)
Kyle Long (The Spacemen, Spacelab Studios)
Lalitree Darnielle (Cloudlines)…
Margaret Moorefield (Alpha Cop)
Maria Albani (Organos, Hospital Smokers, See Gulls)
Maria Brubeck (Jaguaro, Shipwrecker)…
Mike Nicholson (Polyester Cowboys, Kung Fusion, Regatta 69)
Neven J Carswell (Wembley, Regina Hexaphone, The Claudes)
Nicholas Williams (Prisms, Free Electric State)
Nick Petersen (Airstrip, Monsonia, Horseback, Track and Field Recording)
Peter Aldrich (Solo artist, Silber Records)
Reed Benjamin (Jenny Besetzt, Lilac Shadows)
Reid Johnson (Schooner, Organos, The Flute Flies, Hospital Smokers)…
Rob Beloved (Beloved Binge, Joy in Red)
Robin Diamond (Boat Burning, The Probes)
Rush Enterline (Once & Future Kings)…
Sonar Strange (Fantastico!, Twilighter)
Sue Edelberg (Cat Toy)
Ted Johnson (Studio 713, Dreamphonic, Red Pyramid, Tesla Recoils, National Holographic)
Tilson (Goodbye Titan)…
Tim Carless (Wreckless Eric, Shoot Out The Lights, Boat Burning, The Mockin' Bird Recording Co)
Troy Hancock (Wool, The Winter Session)
Will Clinton (Wichita Falls)…
Vito Dibona (Strange Little Folk)
Zachary Corsa (Lost Trail)…

Andras Fekete, TR conductor / composer, is in BOAT BURNING

Matt Guess, TR conductor / composer, is in THE WHITE CASCADE and JAZZ TAPES

Video Davis Stillson
Photography Willa Stein


TRIANGLE RHYSING - Music for massed guitars
"Victory by overtone, glory by sound"

Posted by boat burning on 08/22/2013 at 12:10 PM

Re: “Les Racquet, Motion Pictures

Listen to Les Racquet's new CD here:…

Posted by Lee Crumpton on 08/20/2013 at 4:58 PM

Re: “Splintered Reality, Mechabull, Behind the Wheel

Behind the Wheel is a great band to drink beers to. Toss a few back and let the music rock your bones. They keep the metal in the music without faking a false sense of being "brutal" like the younger bands coming up in the local scene.

Posted by FullDiaperDramaQueen on 08/18/2013 at 1:24 PM

Re: “Splintered Reality, Mechabull, Behind the Wheel

Great band. Great music. Cool guys with a nack for throwing down and getting the crowd involved.

Posted by bananahammock on 08/18/2013 at 1:19 PM

Re: “Splintered Reality, Mechabull, Behind the Wheel

Do not miss this show! I saw Splintered Reality a few months back at King's Barcade. Definitely a good show. These guys are the only Industrial band that I have seen in Raleigh for ages.

Posted by RaleighRock1988 on 08/18/2013 at 1:17 PM

Re: “Jason Harrod

Bravo, David McKnight--cannot agree more.

The musical reviews by Grayson Currin are puzzling and pathetic. Unfortunately, they tell us more about the editor's personal problems, which show up as acidic and cynical commentary, rather than helpful criticism that answers the question: Who would or would not want to see this show?

Opinion is expected, but "don't be a jerk" would be my criticism of Currin's bile parading as musical commentary.

I was in a Chicago-based, college punk band called Dungus Mangulaneous--we deserved to be panned by musical reviewers, but were oddly successful. Through that band, I was lucky enough to play with Brian Funck, who later became half the Harrod-Funck duo. Jason Harrod has been working hard, building an international fan base and winning awards for his music for nearly 20 years. He is very well-respected, much-loved by his fan base in North Carolina and elsewhere, and a wonderful person.

Award-winning singer/songwriters don't deserve this. Truly bad musicians don't either. Basic respect for humanity demands more than the IndyWeek is providing with these trashy reviews.

David Vanderveen

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Posted by David Vanderveen on 08/15/2013 at 2:48 PM

Re: “Curtis Eller's American Circus, Crystal Bright & the Silver Hands

Crystal Bright and the Silverhands being characterized as convoluted above is appropriate. But it does nothing to describe it. It's like a bunch of gypsy caberet imagineers on acid in disneyland (if it were designed by Tim Burton) playing world music, just not from this world.
That probably didn't help either but I was beguiled by the melodies conjured by Crystal and more than a little amused by the choices of instruments which included a saw. I had never seen or heard anything quite like it and originality goes a LONG way with me. Her version of "You are my Sunshine" incites abject despair and melancholy enough that you should hide the razor blades before listening to it. A+

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Posted by Remo on 08/14/2013 at 3:09 PM

Re: “Uncle John's Bands Family Festival: Elliott Humphries & Be The Moon, Lauren Nicole, Option 22, Makayan, Spongecake & the Fluff Ramblers, Dave George & Friends, The Bourbons, Triplicity, Rubber Gypsy, Wave Lynx, Wide Eyed Mischief

We also will have the following Vendors and Acoustic acts performing behind Southland Ballroom at The Shakedown Street Lot::

Dead Images - Photography ( The ONLY licensed Grateful Dead photographer)

Scarlet Mountain Dyes & Artwork - Tie Dyes & Artwork…

Tara Stacy - Jewelry

Ginna Manning - Face & Body Painting & Atrwork

Ken Gentry - T-Shirts & Stickers

Night Owl Creations - "Gifts from the earth" - Handmade Crafts, Beads, Jewerlry, Crystals & Gem Stones.

Kerr Lake Candles - Homemade Candles!

Misty Power- Beaded Glass Chimes, Key Chains, Bookmarks, Bracelets & Necklaces.

Kind Goods - Stained Glass Mosaics, Sun Catchers, Various Glass Creations & Acrylic Mandala Paintings

Zephr Glass "Blowing a little local piece" - Scientific Pipes. They will be Blowing Glass On Site

TigerLily Studios Glass pipes, Clothes, Paintings & CD’s…

Teresa's Bling jewelry, belts, pocketbooks,shirts, shoes and jeans!

Pam Pitillo will be selling wristlet key chains, lanyards, bracelets. & tie dyes.


We are pleased to announce that Emma Dean will be performing in The Shakedown Street Lot and running our outdoor stage for the performers!!

We are pleased to announce that Brian Hogge will be performing in The Shakedown Street Lot!!

We are pleased to announce that Steven Seay will also be performing outdoors at The Shakedown Street Lot!!

We are pleased to announce that Alex Freeman will be performing a beatbox acoustic jam outdoors at The Shakedown Street Lot!!

We are pleased to announce that John Hughes will also be performing on our outdoor Acoustic Stage at The Shakedown Street Lot.

We are pleased to announce that Marc Brown will also be performing on our outdoor Acoustic Stage at The Shakedown Street Lot.

We are pleased to announce that Sonia Kelley will be performing in The Shakedown Street Lot!!

We are pleased to announce that Sarah Reinke (Stanky Ranky) will be performing in The Shakedown Street Lot !!

COME HEAR UNCLE JOHN’S BANDS Saturday August 17th at The Southland Ballroom for Uncle John’s Bands Family Festival. Music Food Crafts Doors at noon and music starts at 12:30 pm and ends at 2 am Sunday!! For a complete list of Uncle John’s Bands Regional & National Entertainment, visit Uncle John’s Bands at:

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Posted by John Moyer on 08/14/2013 at 3:06 PM

Re: “Larry Rochelle

BACK TO THE AT, the untold story of the Tar Heel sports scandal in fiction. Great!

Posted by Larry Rochelle on 08/14/2013 at 11:56 AM

Re: “Wild Cub, Natalie Prass

Wild Cub was formed by Keegan DeWitt and Jeremy Bullock. Jeremy is from Raleigh and formerly with Pico vs Island Trees. Wild Cub was formed in early 2012 by songwriter-composer Keegan DeWitt and multi-instrumentalist Jeremy Bullock, Wild Cub's debut LP 'Youth' was released last August in the US, and showcases the now five-piece band's dexterity in seamless transitions between infectious electro-pop, tropical rhythms, and quiet washes of cinematic reflection.

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Posted by Jim Bullock on 08/13/2013 at 8:23 PM

Re: “Jason Harrod

Corrections to the previous comments post:

"wandering around on stage"

"a former clarinetist with the North Carolina Symphony"

--David McKnight

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Posted by David McKnight on 08/13/2013 at 10:45 AM

Re: “Jason Harrod

I am really shocked by this "assessment" by the person who is privileged to serve as Music Editor of Independent Weekly. I am a free-lance writer myself and I respect the right of journalists to make critical comments in reviews, analysis pieces and commentaries in columns and articles so designated as opposed to straight news reporting.

But these editorial aspersions against the musicianship of Jason Harrod of Durham and New York are like ice hockey infractions such as cross-checking, interference and tripping. This journalistic slight is blatant, out of the blue, highly unjustified and not related to any thoughtful or sincere reviewing of the concert Jason Harrod brought to The ArtsCenter in Carrboro. Of course, the Indy Music Editor probably didn't even attend the concert, no cierto? I don't like press fights because they just make everybody feel miserable, but as one who has been playing music for many years in the clubs, coffee shops, restaurants and also showcasing "public arts in the streets" of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill as an ongoing protest against career-ending partisan political regulation of journalism in the Triangle, I am really upset that a star writer from such an important publication as Independent would "skate across the ice" to deliver a hit on such a creative, thoughtful and kind individual and marvelous singer-songwriter as Jason Harrod.

Maybe Independent has it in for songwriters and bands which can attract a following among the young people of the Triangle without subjecting them to the horrors of perdition and moral condemnation. Maybe Indy thinks that people such as Delta Rae and Jason Harrod should be targeted for ridicule because parents can bring their children to their concerts without fear or trepidation that their kids will be subjected to negative, abusive or violent song lyrics but instead wholesome sounds of songs about life, adventure, friendship, romance, discovery and personal fulfillment.

As for what Grayson Currin called Jason Harrod's "milquetoast folk-rock," I wish to state my view that Harrod's songs are of the highest musical and harmonic sophistication. I was pleased to be invited to play violin on Jason's great song "Carolina" at the Aug. 9 ArtsCenter concert. In fact, Jason also asked me to play on two other songs in the same concert, and I needed to call upon all the string music training I have acquired in playing classical orchestral music and "fiddle parts" for other folk, country, jazz and rock singer-songwriters in the Triangle in order to render a pleasing and harmonious "string section" parts for those inspiring Harrod originals. I wish we had had a "live recording" capability for this concert because then, as a violin-viola-mandolin-guitar player, I could put at least these three songs with violin accompaniment on a web site so that readers of Independent could listen and decide for themselves how these guitar-bass-violin-drum arrangements came together on the stage of the ArtsCenter auditorium. Then they could vote on whether the level of musical depth attained the level of good traditional "milquetoast folk-rock" or maybe even exceeded it!

I saw a number of people from the Triangle at the Jason Harrod concert who had heard me play in other settings but not with Jason, as we have only met a few times in the 20-plus years since Jason, as an aspiring young Durham singer-songwriter first jammed with our musicians on Ninth Street in Durham, including at the old Ninth Street Bar and Grill. Jason was well-received back in the early '90s, and we are proud of his artistic and musical successes in going on the road all across this country in all the years since we first played on Ninth Street as well as his fine recordings through the first two decades of his music career.

Did Grayson Currin even listen to the most recent CD released by Jason Harrod? And as far as "wondering around on stage" is concerned, Harrod was anything but spaced out at his ArtsCenter concert. He was very focused, had excellent rapport with the audience, performed his two sets with great style, technical mastery and personal charm, and was enthusiastically received by those in attendance, answering their enthusiastic request for an encore at the close of the concert.

I wish I had seen this "pasting" of Jason Harrod by Independent before and not after I participated in the concert as a guest player at the acoustically pleasing ArtsCenter because I could have told my friends there that I would try to exceed the expectations of "milquetoast" fiddling and try at least for some crispier Melba Toast string work! Indeed, even in these later years of instrumental performance, I was just as "keyed up" for this show as for those "in the good ol' days of the '70s and '80s." I consider Jason Harrod's great singing and guitar-playing, as well as his fine band accompaniment, as being on a similarly high level of artistic tone, quality, content and exposition as the music of other great Triangle musicians I have worked with including the late Brother Yusef Salim, Rebecca and the Hi-Tones, the Duke Street Dogs, Pattie and Jack LeSueur, Jewelsong, Bruce Emery, the David Spencer Band of Raleigh, Alan Wolf, David King, the Triangle Folk Jam, and Cleaver Smith & Swenson.

Maybe it is Independent's philosophy that people who simply live and work in Durham and the Triangle cannot be considered candidates for compelling vocal and instrumental musicianship. Oh well, all is not lost. It won't be long before the Ciompi Quartet will be firing up on all cylinders for the 2013-14 season. The Ciompi Quartet will be teaming up in September with the highly popular folk duo, the Kruger Brothers, in the refurbished Baldwin Auditorium at Duke, and I already have a ticket, so I am hoping there will be plenty of wine and cheese, or at least some fancy milquetoast, at any receptions marking this promising classical-folk concert collaboration.

Oh, I forgot to mention that the three Jason Harrod songs I played on at The ArtsCenter were in the keys of F, G and A Flat. Just as the key of E Major has four sharps, the key of A-Flat Major has four flats. So if you play a major scale from bottom to top in A Flat Major, you will be these notes: A-Flat, B-Flat, C, D-Flat, E-Flat, F, G, A-Flat. If you start out on the G string of the violin, you play the low A-Flat note with the first finger just a half step away from the "open G," then a full step to the B-Flat with the second finger, another full step to the C with the third finger, then a half step to the D Flat with the fourth finger, then cross over to the D string and do the same thing beginning with the first singer a half step up from the open D string without playing the open D itself!

Our friend Don Martin of Raleigh, a former clarinetist with the North Carolina, likes to play a lot of songs in B-Flat in his popular music combos. The key of B-Flat has two flats--B-Fat and E-Flat. So one time when guitarist David Spencer was bantering with Don Martin after another B-Flat song call, Spencer said, "I'll see your two flats and raise you one to E-Flat." (The key of E-Flat includes the notes E-Flat, A-Flat and B-Flat.)

For fans of bluegrass music, you'd have to wonder if even the great Lester Flatt himself would ask his band to play a song with four flats. Someone faced with four flats would be better off just getting a whole new set of tires. But for Durham-New York singer-songwriter Jason Harrod, a song can be arranged in any suitable key, and you can take your pick of sharps and flats.

If this is "milquetoast" instrumentation, then somebody please pass the chips and dip!

As for Jason Harriod's new CD "Highliner," I just hope all fair-minded friends of folk-rock music in the Triangle will give it a listen regardless of whether they prefer milquetoast, bagels or sausage-egg-and-cheese biscuits to start their day.

David P. McKnight

Emery & McKnight Duo
Cleaver Smith Swenson & McKnight Band

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Posted by David McKnight on 08/13/2013 at 10:18 AM

Re: “The Killers

WOW! Worst.Review.EVER!!! Doesn't even merit A Star Rate to me... Does Mr. Klingman realize that The Killers even have a New cd out aka BattleBorn?? Very sloppy &disappointing, this is not Journalism;(

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Posted by Angie McDonald on 08/10/2013 at 4:43 AM

Re: “Onward Soldiers, Cousins, James Ethan Clark

Recent recipient of the BEST ROCK MALE award at The Carolina Music awards on July 6th, 2013, and most recently added to the Pandora Music Genome Project. James Ethan Clark is determined to find the answers to his questions himself in his first, full-length recording, “Southern Hotel". Bleary-eyed tunes, by definition cites tiredness and exhaustion. Intense may be a better explanation.

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Posted by jefflynn on 08/07/2013 at 8:41 AM

Re: “Psycho Beach Party

The Indy Week review is up:

Posted by Byron Woods, Indy Contributing Editor, Live Arts on 08/01/2013 at 3:41 PM

Re: “Psycho Beach Party

We also have a Thursday night show this week at 7:30!!

Posted by Sandi Sullivan on 07/31/2013 at 11:26 AM

Re: “Psycho Beach Party

This play was a lot of fun. Chicklet & Berdine are perfectly cast and superbly played.

Posted by BigDog on 07/30/2013 at 10:44 PM

Re: “The South Carolina Broadcasters

Indy knows how to pick 'em

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Posted by Nancy Jo Smith on 07/23/2013 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Currents: Photographs from the Collection of Allen Thomas Jr
Two great contemporary photography shows at CAM downtown Raleigh. Melanie Schiff and multi artist show, Currents. Sarah Anne Johnson, Matthew Brandt, Michele Abeles, Chris McCaw, Arne Svenson, Carolyn Janssen, Maciek Jasik. Nils Ericson, Curator

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Posted by TakeAPicture on 07/14/2013 at 1:25 AM

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